Secure Systems Administration and Engineering (Cybersecurity)

The job outlook for careers in cybersecurity and information technology continues to be very strong. Many experts predict a continued shortage of qualified professionals available to fill open positions in coming years.

MCC-Blue River is the host to MCC's cybersecurity program and home to the secure systems administration and Engineering Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.

Stackable certificates

Built around stackable certificates mapped to industry certifications, this program helps students earn credentials quickly and offers credit by certification for students already holding credentials and wishing to complete a degree or certificate.

This program prepares students to enter the in-demand information technology and cybersecurity fields by offering a program that blends current system administration concepts with essential security skills and best practices necessary to deploy, administer, harden and defend computer and network systems.


Center of Academic Excellence


The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Metropolitan Community College Kansas City as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) through year 2023.

The NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE), and Research (CAE-R) programs.

The goal of these programs is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense (CD) and producing a growing number of professionals with CD expertise in various disciplines.

Students attending CAE-CD and CAE-R schools are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.

For more information, please visit the MCC Cybersecurity Center.


Information security professionals plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization's computer networks and systems.

Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyber attacks increase. You may work in areas such as network security, enterprise security management, auditing, penetration testing, threat analysis, physical security, forensics, etc. in a wide range of industries.

Learn more about job categories and roles found within the field of information systems and cybersecurity.

Bright Outlook (faster than average growth) for careers in cybersecurity in the Kansas City area

Visit Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to view salary information, employment outlook and personal characteristics needed for this career.

Transfer made simple

Whatever your transfer destination, we'll work to make sure your credits move easily. That's why we're experts at it. We've worked out specific transfer agreements with many four-year colleges and universities.

The degree will transfer to four year programs on a course by course basis, often without losing many credits. We are continually working to identify transfer opportunities.

Currently, the A.A.S Secure Systems Administration and Engineering will transfer directly to the University of Central Missouri (UCM), into the B.S. Systems Engineering Technology degree program.

Please check with an advisor for up-to-date transfer information.

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